Occupational Health MSc/Diploma

Established for over 15 years and completed by more than 200 students from ten different countries, this programme is based on a multidisciplinary approach to tackling a wide range of occupational health issues and is accredited by both the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS) for graduate membership.

Organised by the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (IOEM) at the University of Birmingham this programme is designed to meet the needs of postgraduate training in the prevention and control of work-related ill health and to understand the issues of ill health and its effect on work in the 21st century.

Open to graduates with relevant first degrees and those with appropriate work experience including doctors, nurses, hygienists, and health and safety personnel.

Why study this course

Aiming to develop the practitioner in occupational health and associated disciplines, this programme combines the academic and practical aspects of occupational health so that you can contribute to the development of occupational health services as well as improving practices and dealing effectively with management issues.

Benefits of studying this programme: 

  • The course focuses on current key topics including fitness for work, mental health, health screening, musculoskeletal disorders and management of health risk. 
  • Students with both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds benefit from understanding how workplace data can be collected and integrated to solve occupational health problems 
  • You have daily interaction with experts in occupational health and visits to workplaces enables you to put concepts into practice. The course will equip you to understand and solve a wide range of occupational health problems. 
  • The IOEM has a dedicated reference library and access instruments used for health screening and exposure monitoring. 

International students

The course has a history of welcoming both home and international students to the IOEM. Since its inception, graduates of the course still maintain links with the Institute. This communication allows us to continually build working relationships at a national and international level. Recent graduates have been from the United Kingdom and countries including:

  • Bahrain
  • Ghana
  • Greece
  • Lebanon
  • Nigeria
  • Oman
  • Zimbabwe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait
  • UAE
  • Japan


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Fees and funding


Home/EU students
MSc £6,570/PGDip £4,380/PGCert £2,070

International students
MSc £18,900 

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

Learn more about fees and funding.

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.

For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.

For other funding queries contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.

Entry requirements

You should have a relevant first degree, although those with relevant work experience or appropriate expertise will be considered

Learn more about entry requirements 

International students:

Academic requirements
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component).

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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  • Teaching methods include formal lectures, tutorials, group work, case studies and workplace visits; the majority of lectures and practicals take place within the IOEM, which allows high-quality interaction between the academic staff and students
  • The programme of teaching is supported by a variety of workplace visits that enable students to see at first hand the extent of occupational health in practice
  • Each module includes tutorial time, providing an opportunity to re-address concepts and approaches to problem solving
  • Learning is supported by the use of the electronic curriculum (Canvas), allowing students to access learning materials when away from the campus
  • Every student on the programme has a personal tutor who can be contacted to discuss course material and understanding of specific topics as well as matters which may affect academic progress

Our facilities

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences houses state-of-the art facilities to support a range of teaching, learning and research activity. 

Our facilities ensure that students receive the best possible learning experience by working in a modern environment. Among our most recent developments include a refurbishment of the Medical School foyer, Barnes library and Wolfson Centre for Medical Education.

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Assessment methods

The majority of the study units (modules) on the MSc Occupational Health  require the preparation and submission of written assignments. Some modules require written examinations to be taken.

Related research

Please see the profile below to give you idea of what of our students have to say about the programme.

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